2 Gators players suspended for season opener

Jalen Tabor, C'yontai Lewis benched for 'behavior that is not acceptable'


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two Florida Gators football players have been suspended and will miss the season opener against UMass on Sept. 3, the team announced Wednesday.

Jalen Tabor, a starting cornerback, and C'yontai Lewis, a tight end, have been suspended from practice and team activities, Gators coach Jim McElwain said.

"Both C'yontai and Jalen will not be involved with the team or practice due to behavior that is not acceptable,'' McElwain said in a news release. "By no means are these bad guys and yet consequences have been handed down. We will not look the other way when it comes to breaking of team policies. I want to echo what I said earlier, these are both fine young men who will learn and be stronger from their actions. They will also be suspended for the first game. There are life lessons in everything we do. We will be better because of it and no one person is bigger than the Florida Gators."

Tabor started nine games for Florida in 2015, returned two interceptions for touchdowns and was named First Team All-SEC.